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October 11, 2018 12:10 PM Justin Trudeau praises Michaelle Jean at Francophonie summit

YEREVAN, ARMENIA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to Michaelle Jean in his speech at the opening of the summit of la Francophonie on Thursday in Armenia, just hours before the former governor general finds out whether she’ll be able to continue on as secretary general. Jean, who has been in the top job at the organization of French-speaking 12

October 10, 2018 7:03 PM Ottawa to spend $4.1 million on cannabis education campaigns in Toronto

Oliver says the program will help educate young people about the health effects of cannabis and the dangers of drug-impaired driving. Three Toronto-based organizations — Operation Springboard, the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, and St. Stephen’s Community House — will receive the funding over the next three years. The federal funding 9

October 9, 2018 3:19 PM Ontario’s Human Rights Commission joining legal sex-ed challenge

Six students’ families filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in August, claiming the curriculum makes no mention of issues such as gender diversity or the rights of LGBTQ students. The Human Rights Commission says it will join the tribunal’s legal challenge, arguing the document also eliminates key information about consent, putting 11

October 7, 2018 1:53 AM Canadian legal minds call Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court confirmation ‘hugely disappointing’

But while the Canadian legal system operates very differently than the American one, there can still be some impacts on discourses in Canadian law. Adam Goldenberg , a lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, said that sometimes, US Supreme Court judges can have what he calls “persuasive authority” in Canadian law. “That means, while they aren’t binding on our courts 12

October 1, 2018 9:20 PM Ontario to kick off sex-ed consultations in three phases

Education Minister Lisa Thompson told reporters at Queen’s Park Monday that her ministry had “reached out to our school boards and they are promoting it as well within their regions, and of course we’ll be talking about our phases.” The ministry contacted school boards on Friday to say the online written submission phase had opened, with the only survey 7

September 28, 2018 7:05 PM Humboldt Broncos’ head coach wants players to advocate for seatbelt use

HUMBOLDT, SASK.—The head coach of the Humboldt Broncos says his Saskatchewan junior hockey team will push for seatbelt use on team buses after a deadly crash in the spring. In a statement this week, the Broncos said their coaches, players and staff will buckle up not only when travelling to games but also in their day-to-day lives. “Encouraging the use of seatbelts 15

September 24, 2018 8:19 PM Why didn’t some U.S. allies sign up for Trump’s drug pledge?

“We have a number of challenges that are quite specific to New Zealand and the particular drugs that are present, but also on taking a health approach,” Ardern said, according to Reuters. “We want to do what works and so we’re using a strong evidence base to do that.” The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered a similar view. “The U.S. initiative 20

September 17, 2018 9:13 PM Second human rights case to challenge government over sex-ed curriculum

Two transgender teens are part of a second human rights case launched against the Ontario government for its use of an outdated sex-ed curriculum. Ryan and Noah, both 15, say using the two-decade-old lessons — which don’t explicitly mention LGBTQ youth — means teens like them are no longer reflected in the classroom. They say that could lead to an unwelcoming 10

September 17, 2018 7:58 PM Alberta private schools coming around to gay-straight alliances: minister

Alberta’s public, Catholic and francophone school boards along with charter schools are complying. Gay-straight alliances are support groups set up by students to help LGBTQ students feel accepted and reduce bullying or abuse. It is a political wedge issue in Alberta. The Opposition United Conservatives say while all children must be treated fairly and equally 15

September 17, 2018 11:51 AM Quebec party leaders face off in first-ever televised debate in English

The candidates will debate topics including education, health, economy, identity, the environment and relations with the English-speaking community. While the themes are similar to those of last week’s debate in French, this time the candidates will have the added challenge of expressing themselves in their second language. The English-speaking community 18